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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Culliford Tree Alternative Name: Came Wood
Country: England County: Dorset Type: Barrow Cemetery
Nearest Town: Dorchester  Nearest Village: Bincombe
Map Ref: SY699950  Landranger Map Number: 194
Latitude: 50.753811N  Longitude: 2.42806W
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
3 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
5 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
4 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
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Culliford Tree
Culliford Tree submitted by bec-zog : Came Wood Barrows SY 699,855. Collection of Neolithic and Bronze age barrows. (Ridgeway Hill - Broadmayne A354). 26 barrows located in wood and fields to the East. Included in this group is Cullieford Tree Barrow which contained four burials, with amber bead necklace & gold artifacts. (Vote or comment on this photo)
This cemetery of Bronze Age bell-, bowl- and pond barrows extends from the wood, east across the hill top, with a glorious view to the coast, including Chalbury Hill Fort, and the impressive Bincombe Barrows. The eastern members of the group are aligned on and scattered around the neolithic Broadmayne bank barrow.

Of particular interest is the large tree-covered bowl barrow known as the Culliford Tree barrow. It is found at grid ref SY699855, between the lane to Whitcombe and the eastern edge of Came Wood. It is 36m in diameter and nearly 5m high, with a huge mutilation at its summit and southern side. The barrow's history spans the ages, containing cremations, Bronze Age pottery, medieval inhumations and was even used as a moot for the local Hundred.
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Culliford Tree submitted by TimPrevett : Sunrise over the Culliford Tree Barrow Cemetery 18/11/20; these are just to the east of the Tree Barrow itself. Photo on iPhone 11. (1 comment - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Culliford Tree submitted by TimPrevett : ...in the dark, in the mist, in the snow just a few hours ago - 90 minute walk up to the Culliford Tree Barrow. Managed to capture some of the magical atmopshere :o) The road is currently closed to vehicles - impassable to snow. (1 comment - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Culliford Tree submitted by TimPrevett : Some of the Culliford Tree Barrow Group, sunrise 31/12/20. Taken on path adjacent the Broadmayne Bank Barrow, looking west through the Barrow Cemetery, the Tree Barrow itself to the rear. Photo on iPhone 11. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Culliford Tree submitted by TimPrevett : The Culliford Tree Barrow, sunrise 18/11/20, Lockdown 2 exercise. Trees originally planted in 1740. Photo on iPhone 11. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Culliford Tree submitted by TimPrevett : The Culliford Tree Barrow, sunrise 18/11/20, Lockdown 2 exercise. Photo on iPhone 11. (2 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Culliford Tree submitted by TimPrevett : ...in the dark, in the mist, in the snow just a few hours ago - 90 minute walk up to the Culliford Tree Barrow. Managed to capture some of the magical atmopshere :o) The road is currently closed to vehicles - impassable to snow.

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Culliford Tree submitted by TimPrevett : A third barrow west of Culliford Tree Barrow; there is a public footpath through this narrow east end of the wood. There is clearer visibility on this eastern side of the boundary. A round barrow sits on top of an earlier long barrow, most of it overgrown with ivy. Photo 19/12/20, on iPhone 11.

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Culliford Tree submitted by TimPrevett : A barrow bisected by the field boundary just to the west of Culliford Tree Barrow. Most of it inside the private woods, but can be appreciated from the boundary. Photo 19/12/20, on iPhone 11

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Culliford Tree submitted by TimPrevett : There are three barrows which can be appreciated just west of Culliford Tree. This one is in the wood, which has no public access, but can easily be seen from the boundary during winter. There are many signs informing that the woods are private. The barrow is visible here to the rear centre of the picture. Photo 19/12/20, on iPhone 11.

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Culliford Tree submitted by TimPrevett : Silhouette of Culliford Tree Barrow after dark, viewed from the north. 22/11/20. Photo on iPhone 11.

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Culliford Tree submitted by TimPrevett : The Culliford Tree Barrow, sunrise 18/11/20, Lockdown 2 exercise. Trees originally planted in 1740, certainly add a lot to the spirit of the place. Photo on iPhone 11.

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Culliford Tree submitted by AngieLake : A couple of barrows on the ridge to east of previous view. (East of Came Wood, near the Whitcombe road.)

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Culliford Tree submitted by AngieLake : A barrow just to the east of the Whitcombe Road taken from the roadside just north of some crossroads with Came Wood to the west here.

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Culliford Tree submitted by TimPrevett : Silhouette of one of the Culliford Tree group last November. (1 comment)

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Culliford Tree submitted by TimPrevett : A large barrow within the wood, at the westernmost fringe of the Cullford Tree barrow group.

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Culliford Tree submitted by TimPrevett : A small ivy-overgrown and planted barrow to the west of the main Culliford Tree barrow, and just within the wood.

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Culliford Tree submitted by TimPrevett : Atop the Culliford Tree Barrow - an enormous barrow heavily robbed out on the south central side. Cassie, Eileen and John are standing within part of the robbed out area. (1 comment)

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Culliford Tree submitted by TimPrevett : Atop the Culliford Tree Barrow - an enormous barrow heavily robbed out on the south central side.

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Culliford Tree submitted by JimChampion : A view from the north of the huge Culliford Tree bowl barrow, which gives the associated barrow cemetery its name. It is clearly a victim of the 18th century fashion for planting beech trees on Bronze Age barrows (like those on Overton Down near Avebury).

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Culliford Tree submitted by JimChampion : April 2005. Looking east from Whitcombe Lane at an alignement of three round barrows in the Came Wood cemetery. The impressive Broadmayne bank barrow is on the same alignment, just the other side of the hedge. The ominous clouds signal the arrival of heavy rain.

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Re: Culliford Tree by Anonymous on Saturday, 17 April 2021
Hi there,

Just noticed that the location for this site on the map is incorrect. Corrected location info is below:

OS Grid Ref: SY 69890 85463
Latitude: 50° 40' 4" N
Longitude: 2° 25' 38" W
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Re: Culliford Tree by Anonymous on Thursday, 12 June 2014
My family name is Came. Would love to learn more about the origins of the name Came Wood in Dorset as we all live in south Devon. Soon, in a year or so, we'll be selling and moving east, and would be excited to discover some ancestors here as we haven't yet decided on where to go and Dorset is in the right direction!

regards

Maggie Mitchell
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Re: Culliford Tree by coldrum on Wednesday, 07 April 2010
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Re: all sites by TimPrevett on Wednesday, 06 April 2005
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Came Wood group more properly applies to the barrows on and adjoining the Golf Course further west; these should be under "Culliford Tree Barrow" group. A gazeteer, and informed locals use the names accordingly. I'll be adding photos and sites, and tidying the entries here in the coming days. Tim.
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Re: all sites by Anonymous on Saturday, 16 October 2004
Great help and very interesting infomation but for a novice like me who only see's the obvious at first, to discover what the terracing around many site's was called and was for, took a long internet search. Could you add a short piece about "lytchets"
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